Ultra elegant – Ultra HD
Got new resolutions for the New Year? AOC’s U27V4EA from its value-oriented V4 series is a 27” (68.58 cm) monitor in 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) with an IPS panel offering wide viewing angles. The sleek, minimalistic 3-sides borderless design sits elegantly on the desk. Its brightness of 350 nits is high enough for comfortable usage in sunlit rooms. With a gamut area of 112% sRGB and 83% Adobe RGB, the monitor is easily suitable for digital image and video editing with the extra sharpness of 4K resolution. And after work hours, it’s suited for light gaming tasks thanks to its Adaptive-Sync support and 4 ms GtG response time. The chic U27V4EA covers all these extensive features with a RRP of just £339, making it an ideal gift for the home offices of many.
Home Office Level-Up
AOC’s Q32P2CA takes it up a notch in terms of features. This 31.5” (80 cm) monitor with its IPS panel offers QHD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels), providing sizeable screen real estate and a perfect resolution to match it. What makes the Q32P2CA a real treat is its USB-C connectivity. Notebooks and tablets which support USB-C’s DisplayPort Alternate mode can be connected easily to the monitor to extend the screen, while the monitor can charge these devices up to 65W via USB-C, eliminating the need for a second power cable and thereby reducing clutter. Part of the business-focused P2 series, the Q32P2CA is equipped with an ergonomic stand that offers height, tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments. Features such as the Low Blue Light mode and Flicker-Free technology reduce eye fatigue while users are focussed on their work. The monitor is perfectly suited for a variety of applications that will benefit from the rich and finely defined pictures as well as much clearer moving images thanks to the 1.07 colour support, 75 Hz refresh rate and 4 ms GtG respectively. Especially for those who work from home on their laptops, the Q32P2CA (RRP: £359), or its Ultra HD sibling with sleek 3-sides borderless design, the U32P2CA (RRP: £449) are great productivity gifts.
Fast and vivid gaming
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For a gamer, the greatest gift might be a solid hardware addition to their gaming setup. AGON by AOC’s acclaimed AOC GAMING G2 series offers exceptional value, especially with the 27G2U (RRP: £235.99). Perfectly suited for fast-paced FPS, RPG, Action or MOBA games thanks to its 144 Hz refresh rate, the 27” (68.58 cm) 27G2U boasts a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS panel for punchy, natural and accurate colours. Having a larger display size than the common 24” monitors, the 27G2U makes it easier to see the details, while common GPU’s can achieve high framerates on its Full HD resolution. Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) reduces the response time to 1 ms MPRT, ensuring a fluid, sharp gaming experience. Gamers can comfortably sit and enjoy healthy gaming sessions thanks to its ergonomic stand, the Low Blue Light mode and Flicker-Free technology.
For gamers that value speed and framerate above anything else, the C27G2ZU will be a great gift. The 27” C27G2ZU packs a 240 Hz refresh rate and just 0.5 ms MPRT to achieve sharp, crisp visuals for fast-paced, competitive titles. Its VA panel with a high, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a curvature of 1500R fully immerses players into the games. For the aspiring competitive gamers with fast reflexes out there, the C27G2ZU offers a great combination of features at a great price (RRP: £249.99).
Diving into simulation
AGON, AGON by AOC’s high-end series offers a premium and feature-rich experience for gamers, especially for fans of flight, racing or any first person simulation titles. The humongous 49” (124 cm) AGON AG493UCX2 (RRP: £939.99) is for the gamers who want to go beyond the boundaries of reality. 1500R curvature, a super-wide aspect ratio of 32:9 and a Dual QHD resolution of 5120 x 1440 pixels not only fully cover the users’ peripheral vision field but increase their situational awareness. With a wide field of view, sim-racers can easily see their opponents gaining foot on them in their side mirrors, or sim-pilots can look to the sides and check the runway before making their final approach. 165 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms MPRT ensure a more immersive experience and “connected” feel, while 400 nits brightness, 3000:1 contrast, DisplayHDR 400 support, and 90% DCI-P3 gamut area deliver a natural, saturated and colourful representation. Furthermore, it is ergonomic and productivity-enhancing in a home office or on a streamer’s desk, thanks to the display’s Picture-by-Picture mode, KVM switch and USB-C connectivity (65 W power delivery).
From the pros, for the pros
AGON PRO, AGON by AOC’s high-end monitor series for esports enthusiasts, is meant for highly competitive players and those who won’t settle for anything less. The AGON PRO AG254FG (RRP: £699.99) is a beast for high-refresh rate gaming with its dazzling 360 Hz refresh rate, 1 ms GtG and NVIDIA G-SYNC certification. The 24.5” (62.23 cm) AG254FG is equipped with a 3-sides borderless Fast-IPS panel, in Full HD (1920×1080), rich in colours (100% sRGB coverage) and chic in design (reddot design award winner). An included, removable Screen Shield eliminates shadows and reflections from external light sources, offering a perfect gaming experience day and night. With an exceptionally low input lag, the monitor also features NVIDIA’s Reflex Latency Analyzer so users can measure their total system latency and identify potential bottlenecks.
Gaming gear beyond displays: Gaming Set-Up Boost
While gaming monitors mainly cover the visual part of the overall gaming experience sound and input devices are equally important. To round off the gaming ecosystem, AGON by AOC delivers on all fronts.
The AOC GAMING GH300 (RRP: £49.99) is a 7.1 gaming headset with a removable boom microphone. Large 50 mm neodymium drivers offer clean sound on a wide frequency range (20 Hz – 20 kHz) and a built-in 24 bit/96 kHz DAC reproduces studio quality audio. Gamers can listen and pinpoint their enemies’ footsteps or enjoy brilliant soundscapes, thanks to its virtual 7.1 surround sound support.
The AOC GAMING GM500 (RRP: £23.99), an ambidextrous mouse for left and right-handed users, is one the simplest yet perfect gifts for gamers of any level. Supporting NVIDIA Reflex technology for almost zero latency, this mouse is equipped with a high quality, accurate Pixart sensor and durable Omron switches, suited for high-energy, fast-paced competitions. 5000 DPI, 20 g acceleration and 100 IPS tracking speed makes users’ precise aiming translate directly to the game.
The AOC GAMING GK500 (RRP: £55.99) is an ideal companion for the GM500 mouse, a 104-key mechanical gaming keyboard with quieter, linear-style Outemu Red switches that gamers love and appreciate. It is a pleasure to write and game on, thanks to its n-key rollover and 100% anti-ghosting features.
All three peripherals feature the Light FX RGB lighting that can be extensively customised with different effects via the AOC G-Menu software and synchronised between AOC’s Light FX enabled gear, ranging from peripherals to monitors.
AOC’s extensive portfolio offers a wide selection of monitors and peripherals for everyone ranging from casual home-office users to esports aficionados. And this winter is a great time to bring joy to friends and family with gifts that will boost their productivity or up their game. Let’s get them ready for the future of working and gaming with AOC!